5 May 2013

California wildfire gradually being contained

7:03 pm on 5 May 2013

A wildfire threatening thousands of homes in southern California is being contained because of cool air blowing in from the Pacific, firefighters say.

They say hot, dry winds have now been replaced by the normal flow of damper air, reducing fire activity.

"The fire isn't really running and gunning," said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Tom Kruschke.

The BBC reports thousands of firefighters have been battling the blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains north-west of Los Angeles.

The fire was 56% surrounded on Saturday, officials said. No injuries have been reported.

Dubbed the Springs Fire, it has damaged just 15 properties but thousands of others are at risk.